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Airfare deposit for visit visa

posted on 06/05/2002: 1348 views

Effective from today, applicants for visit visas will have to deposit a guarantee money as a pre-requisite for obtaining the permit, in accordance with a circular issued by the UAE Ministry of Interior yesterday to all naturalisation and residency departments across the country. The amount of deposit will be equal to the value of a return air ticket to the country of the visitor and hence it will vary depending on he country from where the visitor is coming, a source at the Ministry of Interior told Khaleej Times.

A sponsor bringing his relatives on a visit visa will have to furnish the airfare along with required documents to the naturalisation and residency departments. The deposit is refundable. Each applicant will be given a receipt upon payment. When the visitor leaves the country, the applicant will be able to claim his money back by furnishing the receipt and a proof that the visitor has excited the country. The move is aimed at curbing the misuse of visit visas, particularly men, since many expatriates are using the facility to bring people who are their distant relatives to look for jobs in the UAE, the source said, adding that visit visas were only given to close relatives of an applicant, such as wife, children, sisters, brothers or parents.

With regard to the mode of payment, the departments of naturalisation and residency would accept cash deposits as well as bank guarantees. Since many applicants might not be dealing with banks, both modes of payment would be accepted in the initial stages. In case of an application for visit visas for family comprising several members, the applicant has to furnish a deposit equal to the value of return air-tickets for all members of the family, the source said. "We realise that the air fare from and to a specific country differs from one airline to another. So it will be on the discretion of the department's directors to specify the amount to be furnished as a deposit. Except for this new requirement all other conditions for a visit visa remained unchanged, such as salary and blood relations. The mechanism of implementing the decision is left to the naturalisation and residency departments. (The Khaleej Times)


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